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Under saddle race set for Hambo card

June 20, 2012

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An under saddle race for open trotters will be held on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 4, at the Meadowlands. The purse will be $15,000, half of it put up by the track, the other half by Blue Chip Farms, Winbak Farm, and Walnut Hall Ltd., each of which is contributing $2,500.
The race will be posted on The Meadowlands regular condition sheet for that week and entries taken by the race office.
Under saddle racing by trotters, or "monte" racing, as it is called in France, is extremely popular, and betting handle on monte races is the equal to that of sulky racing in France. The Hambletoinan "monte" race will be a non-betting event.
All riders must have USTA riders' licenses, which among other things requires each applicant to work a horse under saddle in 2:25 or better, off the gate, before the judges. The USTA has already issued 38 riders licenses, with a number of others now being processed. In addition to the race at the Meadowlands, "monte" races will also be held at Goshen, Freehold, Tioga and Vernon.
The effort to popularize Monte racing in North America is spearheaded by Helene Gregory, wife of horseman Jeff Gregory. Anyone wishing to have information about participating should contact Helene at kickan@comcast.net.
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